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Cleaning Surface DirtI've heard that using the doughy part of a loaf of bread removes surface dirt from oil paintings. You simply scrub the painting using gentle pressure, and at the end, remove the bread crumbs using a soft brush. I looked this procedure up for you, and recommend that you check out for more information. Good luck!

Professional Oil Painting RestorationOften the varnish of old paintings darkens and yellows over time. The only way to fix this, is to carefully remove the varnish without removing the underlying paint. New varnish can then be reapplied.

If you painting is valuable or precious, you probably want to leave this in the hands of a oil painting restorer. Search for "oil painting restoration" and you will find several that do work via mail.

I can personally recommend Lynn Kershner at She repaired several holes in a painting I had, and cleaned the painting for a reasonable price.

If you want to do this yourself, the chemicals are available at
Usually, it is best to have a professional clean your oil paintings. If you must do this at home, dabbing and brushing your painting with a soft, doughy bread will pick up dust and particles that have settled on the painting. You can then take a dry brush to swipe off the remaining crumbs from the bread.
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